Friends of Stirchley Library AGM

Friends of Stirchley Library (FoSL) will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Saturday 13th April.

The AGM will be held between 2pm-4pm in Stirchley Community Church, and the committee have said it is open to all. At the meeting, FoSL committee will update attendees on the work of Friends of Stirchley Library over the last year, as well as provide information on how people can get involved if they wish.

Afterwards there will be a discussion held on Birmingham City Council’s proposed cuts to library services. Attendees from FoSL, who attended tonight’s Stirchley Forum mentioned the consultation, which is seeking views of residents. They did caution that the consultation isn’t a quick process nor is it straight forward and they will be looking at how to assist users of Stirchley Library on how to fill it in. We will provide more information when we receive it.

For more information on the Friends of Stirchley Library AGM and the group in general, visit the Friends of Stirchley Library website here.

Mobile Household Recycling Centre returns to Morrisons

Residents who are not able to visit the Lifford Lane tip will be able to dispose of unwanted waste, as the Mobile Household Recycling centre returns to Stirchley.

On Wednesday 20th March, the vans and crew will be at the back of the Morrisons car park in Stirchley (B30 2YY) from 7:00am until 12:30pm.

CAN BE RECYCLED: Recycle any household rubbish that cannot be reused; standard recycling materials that usually go in your recycling; garden waste; bigger items like toys or small household items. Batteries, lightbulbs, small electronics etc can be recycled.

NOT ACCEPTED: Building materials, white goods (like fridges), hazardous materials and larger items will not be accepted.

No commercial waste can legally be accepted at any of the MHRC’s and any such material will be turned away. 

Councillor Locke’s Ward Forum meeting in March

The next Stirchley Ward meeting, hosted by the councillor for Stirchley Ward, Councillor Mary Locke, will be held on 19th March 7pm at Stirchley Baths Community Hub, Bournville Lane.

Please note this is different to the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum meetings.

Councillor Locke invites you to come along and join in the discussion on local issues.

To receive the agenda nearer the time, contact Kay Thomas, Community Governance Manager at Birmingham City Council on ;

Meeting to discuss council cuts to the library

The recent announcement of council cuts affects a range of arts and culture organisations and freelance artists who rely on them.

Stirchley Art Room have been discussing options with other groups and individuals, such as Arts Forum Selly Oak (c/o Number 11 Arts) and Sarah Mullen (The Bookshop on the Green), with thoughts of forming a co-supportive consortium with strategies for funding bids made across groups, and where skills and resources can be shared. 

Culture Central have recently launched their #culturematters initiative with similar aims and to develop a Creatives Collective, whilst also being desirous of including smaller organisations and freelancers, which we think is vital.

The group would love to make contact with anyone interested in this, or who is formulating similar ideas in the current climate. As such, they have a meeting on Monday 11th March at 6pm at Stirchley Library, and would like to invite anyone interested to attend.

New Committee announced

A big thank you to everyone who came to support us at our AGM.

The new committee has met and the following people have been elected to the following roles;

Chair – Heidi Murphy
Vice Chair – Rob Morris
Treasurer – Paula Aubrey
Secretary – Sandra Cooper
Publicity Officer  – vacant
Planning Officer – Sandra Cooper
Without portfolio – Margaret Walker & Julie Rynne

The committee is pleased to tell you that we have visitors at our December meeting on Monday evening. Claire Hardwick & John Richardson from Birmingham City Council will be coming to discuss Neighbourhood Planning.

It would be helpful if you could take a look at the Birmingham Neighbourhood Planning toolkit before the meeting so you will have lots of questions for them.
It can be found at

Our usual meeting will follow. There will be less time than usual so please let us know of any items of any other business before the meeting if possible so that we can allocate enough time.

We look forward to seeing you at 7.30 Stirchley Community Church.